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Thursday, May 24, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:41 pm

Do you want your pictures to be contained within shapes that look like frames? Or maybe you want to use silhouette style placeholders for your pictures? Yes, this is possible! In fact, these custom picture placeholders were created within PowerPoint, and we used nothing that’s not part of the program. Yes, this process is a little involved, but we’ll hold your hand if you promise to follow all our steps in sequence!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:34 am

When you bring up the Themes gallery within PowerPoint, do you find that several Themes are missing? Alternatively, do you find that your friends and colleagues have more Themes than you do? Whatever be the reason for your missing Themes, it is possible to get them back.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 3:17 pm

Slide Layouts are a very useful feature because they let you use a preset arrangement of placeholders repeatedly, resulting in consistent looking slides. And yes, you can also create your own custom Slide Layouts. While very few users create their own custom Slide Layouts, even fewer will create a custom Slide Layout for pictures! That’s regrettable since Picture Slide Layouts can make your slides look so unique.

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Monday, May 21, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 8:26 pm

Assuming someone has provided you with an HSL (Hue, Saturation, and Luminosity) value of a color, and asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide, then how do you proceed? Let’s also explore another scenario. What if you have started with a color that’s close enough to what you need, but it’s not the exact one. Maybe you need it to be a little less saturated? Again, you will benefit by working with the HSL color model rather than the RGB model.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 9:53 pm

Peter ArvaiPeter Arvai loves technologies that enable world-changing stories to be shared. In 2008, he joined forces with Adam Somlai-Fischer and Péter Halácsy, an architect, and an innovator, to create a more memorable and engaging way for people to share stories. Today, their creation is known as Prezi. Before co-founding Prezi, Peter was already active in the information-sharing realm. In Sweden, he founded omvard.se, a company that aggregates data on treatment outcomes for hospital patients. Soon after, he developed the world’s first mobile newsreader so people could follow TED Talks from their mobile devices.

Here is a list of content on Indezine sites where he has been featured:

October 1, 2014
Prezi/Harris Interactive Survey: Conversation with Peter Arvai


Follow Peter Arvai on Twitter

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:00 pm

While you can open and save files from any file location you access on your computer or network, you can also add more places from where you can open and save files. You see options to add a place in both the Open and Save As tabs of Backstage view. By default, your OneDrive location is already available as a place, only if you have signed in. But you can add more places too.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 4:11 pm

Text Boxes in PowerPoint need to be moved and resized within different areas of the slide. While you may think that selecting and resizing is all that is to be done, that’s not the entire truth because there’s so much more you can do even with mere resizing–if you know that these options exist!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 5:32 pm

Laura BergellsLaura Bergells built and marketed websites in the early 1990’s for automotive companies, including Detroit Diesel, Penske Motorsports, and Diesel Technology. Laura also served as an internet marketing consultant in the pioneer days of Autotrader.com and eBay Motors. Since 1999, Laura is a freelance web content developer, community builder, and speaker. Her popular blog, Maniactive.com, has content for those who deliver presentations to modern, media-savvy audiences.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:19 pm

Applying a Theme in PowerPoint applies Theme Colors, Theme Fonts, Theme Effects, Theme Backdrops, and much more. However there are scenarios in which you really don’t require such a complete makeover or metamorphosis. In that case, you can still apply Theme Colors and Theme Fonts and leave all other Theme attributes unchanged.

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Monday, May 7, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:16 pm

When you launch PowerPoint, you are provided with an option to create a new blank presentation. Further, if you are already working on an open presentation, and want to create a new presentation at that point, you can do so using the New tab within the Backstage View.

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